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Here is the play by play of a dramatic day of cricket on day 2 at the Boxing Day test.
1. Brad Haddin has yet another brain fade
Australia started the day on 6/277 knowing that they were a good 100-150 runs short of a decent total on a good deck for batting at the MCG. India started the day knowing that if they could make one breakthrough, then they should be able to wrap up the Australian tail in quick-time. Brad Haddin, having admirably batted out the last hour of the evening session on day 1 with Peter Siddle, threw it away yet again with a string of loose shots outside off stump. Off the bowling of Zaheer Khan (4-77), Haddin eventually fell caught in the gully by Virender Sehwag, who in typical fashion did not move his feet.
With yet another brain fart from Haddin, Australia’s resilience was broken and they posted a competitive but perhaps under par total.
2. Channel 9 Segway Driver KOs self and gives away 5 runs
Having mopped up the Aussie tail, the Indians managed to make it to lunch unscathed. Moments before the resumption of the afternoon session the crowd were treated to the most comedic moment of the day. After cameramen driving segways proved a big hit with Fox Sports and the Big Bash League, the Channel 9 team decided to employ them at Test matches too with dramatic consequenes.
The cameraman cannot see where they are going as they film but trust there is nothing on the field. Unbeknown to this particular cameraman was that Australia had brought out a helmet and placed it behind the wicket keeper. He went arse over tit and provided the MCG faithful with a moment of slapstick gold.
3. Virender Sehwag brings up 8,000 test runs but fails to punish Australian errors
8,000 runs in Test Cricket at an average of 52 is a hugely impressive haul. When you consider how quickly they come and how rapidly they transform a Test match it becomes even more impressive. Having reached his fifty at a decent lick, Australia dropped him twice but weren’t punsihed. First, off the bowling of Nathan Lyon, David Warner dropped a difficult chance at deep mid on. Then only 8 runs later Brad Haddin dropped an absolute sitter diving in front of first slip off the bowling of James Pattinson. The ball clanged straight into his wrist and dropped agonisingly in front of first slip.
James Pattinson then took matters into his own hands with further aggressive deliveries as Virender Sehwag chopped onto his stumps out for 67.
Sehwag’s wicket was crucial as it was right before tea. And in the context of the game, it wasn’t as costly as it could have been.
The 51,00o strong crowd of the MCG almost took the roof off when Sachin Tendulkar came out to the middle. Having survived the Australian mind games of facing Mike Hussey first up before tea, Sachin Tendulkar, on two not out, proceeded to uppercut Peter Siddle over the slips for six runs first ball after tea.
It proved to be a sign of things to come in the afternoon session.
Not only are Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid the highest run scorers in Test cricket, but of their combined 27,000 runs, 6,734 have come in partnership together.
To watch them bat in tandem was a mesmerising sight. Highlights included a shot across the line from Dravid, slog-sweeping for a couple and some exquisite straight drives from Sachin combined with some more flamboyant fodder.
Dravid steady. Tendulkar fluent. By the time Tendulkar was dismissed, their 117 run partnership had tilted the game firmly in India’s direction.
6. Peter Siddle Smashes Through “The Wall” but oversteps
Australia were on the back foot for the majority of the afternoon session as Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar brought up their 20th 100 partnership together. At 2-202 to say they needed a break through is perhaps the biggest understatement imaginable.
Peter Siddle, the unluckiest bowler in world cricket, steamed in and broke through The Wall’s defences cannoning into his pegs. Umpire Erasmus asks to refer the decision to see if Peter Siddle had overstepped. To the crowd’s bemusement he had and despite Peter Siddle steaming in as quick as smoke was coming out of his ears, it marked a tragic moment for Australia.
7. Peter Siddle Shatters Sachin’s Quest for 100 Hundreds and Cricket Australia’s Wet Dream in the Final Over of the Day
Peter Siddle continued to steam in and bowls an absolute jaffer to shatter Sachin Tendulkar’s stumps and piss of Cricket Australia’s bonfire and a grandstand crowd in day 3.
The day belongs to India but Peter Siddle is the man for the Melbourne faithful. Please see the lead image for a sign of what Peter Siddle produced in a gripping finale.
India resume tomorrow on 3/214.
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